Ship of Fools is a 1962 novel by Katherine Anne Porter which tells the tale of a group of disparate characters sailing from Mexico to Europe aboard a German passenger ship. The large cast of characters includes Germans, a Swiss family, Mexicans, Americans, Spaniards, a group of Cuban medical students, and a Swede. In steerage there is are 876 Spanish workers being returned from Cuba. It is an allegory that traces the rise of Nazism and looks metaphorically at the progress of the world on its "voyage to eternity".
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